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The Legacy Project

The Legacy Project collects and shares meaningful stories, providing a historical record of philanthropy at The University of Texas at Austin.

Endowments Honoring McCombs Faculty

Faculty chairs, professorships and fellowships build the reputation of the school and are evidence of strong commitment to academic achievement.

Bates Family with Hadden Kim at the Scholarship Dinner

The University of Texas at Austin relies on its many alumni and friends to maintain its stature as a world-class university. Endowments established by friends of the McCombs School of Business are invested in perpetuity to support the four fundamental building blocks of any great educational institution – faculty, students, programs, and facilities.

Often described as “gifts that keep on giving,” endowments leverage your gift across time and provide tangible, lasting benefits. The UT System invests your funds, using distributions from the investment for the purpose you wish to support – financial aid or merit awards for students, faculty support or research productivity, academic programs, or renovation or operation of facilities such as classrooms and centers of excellence for targeted curriculum and research Zlotniks at Leadership Society Dayinitiatives. A portion of the total income and capital gains is reinvested each year, enabling the endowment to continue to grow and provide a predictable, stable stream of income over time. 

For information on endowments, contact Holly Hazlett in the McCombs School at (512) 475-8144. 

For information on corporate and foundation endowments, contact Wendy Elder at (512) 475-8133.

Areas for Support

Students: "Educating the Business Leaders of Tomorrow"

Currently, the McCombs School is able to provide scholarship packages to 5% of incoming freshmen. We have set a goal to establish a community of scholars built on a tiered McCombs Scholars Program. Long-term, this ambitious initiative seeks to equip the McCombs School with 375 total scholarships—enough to ensure that the very brightest young minds in business have every reason to call the McCombs School home.

McCombs Scholars Program Levels

  • Forty Acres Scholarship: TBD, Historically $500,000
    Recipients receive four years of tuition and fees, housing and food, a living stipend, books, and summer enrichment activities including a service-learning experience, a study abroad placement, and internships.

  • McCombs President's Scholarship: $250,000
    Recipients receive four years of tuition and fees. At this time, there are not enough President’s level McCombs Scholars Program scholarship endowments to cover all Business Honors Program admission offers.

  • McCombs Dean's Scholarship: $125,000
    Recipients receive half of tuition and fees for four years.

Read more about the McCombs Scholars Program.

Additional Scholarships

  • Endowed Presidential Fellowships are merit-based and are awarded to graduate students who meet the criteria set forth by the donor.

  • Endowed Graduate Fellowships are awarded to deserving graduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor. 
  • Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor.

  • Endowed Excellence Funds support specific or general programs in the colleges, schools, and units.
    Contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or 512-475-8144. For corporate scholarships, contact Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Wendy Elder at or 512-475-8133.

Faculty: "Recruiting and Retaining Top Scholars"

Endowed faculty chairs, professorships, and fellowships constitute some of the highest academic awards that the University can bestow on a faculty member, and it lasts as long as the University exists. Thus, it is both an honor to the named holder of the appointment and also an enduring tribute to the donor who establishes it. These endowments build the reputation of the school and are evidence of strong commitment to academic achievement. They foster a sense of tradition, and reward our best faculty with the tools to become more productive. In addition to providing year-round salary incentives for our most productive faculty, chairs and fellowships provide for support staff, research assistance, conference travel, and continuing education allowances.

Rebecca Nelson Davis with Professor Jim Fredrickson at the Annual Faculty Endowment Appreciation Lunch“Thank you for the funding provided by the Jack R. Crosby Regents Chair in Business Administration that is so vital to advance research at the McCombs School of Business. I have personally benefitted from your generosity and was able to write an article that has recently been conditionally accepted in our premier academic journal in management, Academy of Management Journal.”

Ethan R. Burris, Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Department of Management 
Jack R. Crosby Regents Chair in Business

To support the efforts of faculty and help us recruit, retain, and reward the faculty excellence that increases our standing and benefits our constituents, consider supporting one of the following options: 

  • Endowed chairs are awarded to deans, department chairs, and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts and research. They are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality faculty. 

  • Endowed professorships are awarded to outstanding faculty members to reward and enhance scholarly efforts. These endowments recognize senior-level faculty to ensure the faculty keeps the best and brightest coming to the McCombs School of Business. 

  • Endowed faculty fellowships support excellent teaching faculty regardless of rank or tenure, including visiting scholars in residence.

For more information, contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or (512) 475-8144.

Programs: "Creating a World-Class Learning Experience"

Department and Program Campaigns

Department of Accounting
Support faculty, students, and curriculum in the No. 1 accounting program in the nation.

Department of Finance 
Support the department or invest in one of the five centers in the McCombs Department of Finance.

BBA Program
Put a Texas education in reach for tomorrow's business leaders.

Business Honors Program
Support outstanding students for careers of leadership in business and other professions.

Endowed Excellence Funds

These endowments support excellence in specific or general programs throughout the McCombs School of Business. You can choose to support the area in which you earned your degree or another program that interests you, and your gift will allow academic leaders to address ever-changing needs, demands, and opportunities as they arise.

Centers of Excellence

To complement, unify, and strengthen our many research centers, we are establishing two new centers focusing on our strengths in Entrepreneurship, Technology and Globalization. These Centers will attract great students and top scholars, foster relationship-based corporate partnerships, and produce research that garners national attention. The new centers are:

For more information, contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or 512-475-8144.

Facilities: "Technology-Driven Learning Centers"

How to Give to Facilities

Gifts to facilities ensure that the McCombs School of Business can offer a first-rate learning environment with access to the latest business technology for students, faculty, and researchers. Funds from these endowments support both the repair and maintenance of existing buildings, as well as infrastructure upgrades, new technology, and other building enhancements.

Naming Opportunities

Contributions to the facilities of the McCombs School may be honored by a naming designation of a specific space. Currently, naming opportunities exist in both the James J. and Miriam B. Mulva Hall which will house the Undergraduate School of Business, and Robert B. Rowling Hall which will house the Graduate School of Business after its completion in 2018.

For more information, contact Director of Development, Holly Hazlett at or (512) 475-8144.